Cannot get rid of /index url extension of homepage

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My homepage shows up as both http://www.rainchainsdirect.com  AND  http://www.rainchainsdirect.com/index  despite the fact that I have set up a redirect from "/index" to "/".  I contacted shopify help and they suggested that I must have a link somewhere in my content/files to "/index" and that I should find it and replace it with "/". 

Unfortunately, there is no such instance anywhere in my files.  Can someone tell me how to fix this problem?  The difficulty is that it is that the same homepage content is indexed twice under 2 URL's , which is not optimal for SEO. 

Any insight as to how to fix this problem would be appreciated!

Thanks.

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rcdirect,

Where is that showing up? When I use Google, I only see: www.rainchainsdirect.com/

I don't see: www.rainchainsdirect.com/index

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Hi Caroline,

It is indeed indexed overwhelmingly as the non-/index url, but there is a cache of the www.rainchainsdirect.com/index in google as well.  I attached a screen shot of the SERP that google has cached for the "/index" url.  please see attached image.

 

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Hit no 3 using this:

site:www.rainchainsdirect.com

Is:

 

http://www.rainchainsdirect.com/?aid=4

 

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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If you use this in Google:

link:www.rainchainsdirect.com/index

You're able to determine all the sites that link to the given address.

That gives me these 2 results:

www.surefashion.com/suit.htm

forum.arklinux.org/index.php?action=mlist;sa=all;start=d

 

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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I see that, but how can I get the "/index" to re-direct to "/"?  So that when indexed in google, google will know "/index" is not a valid url and has been permanently moved to "/"?

 

 

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It is a valid URL, and you don't need to create a redirect for it. It's the same as if I was to access my blog at 11heavens.com/index.php instead of 11heavens.com. I don't see why that can create a problem, but I am not an expert and maybe a 'SEO' specialist will chip in and give you advice on this. I will step away.

 

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Yeah, it doesn't seem like a problem to me either, but I've been told (yes, by an SEO consultant) that it should be changed to that the same content will not be indexed with 2 different URL's.

 

Does anyone have a suggestion on this?

 

 

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Caroline, you closed this issue, but it was not solved.  The link you gave was to a previous time this issue was posted in the forums, but the issue was never resolved. 

The person that responded in addition to you last time said it was no big deal, but it is a big enough deal that my SEO is telling me I need to fix it AND it is showing up as an error in my Google Webmaster account--so it does need to be solved. 

I'm reposting the issue here to hopefully get some further insight from some insightful soul.

 

Here's the post I posted yesterday:

 

My homepage exists both as:

http://www.rainchainsdirect.com

AND

http://www.rainchainsdirect.com/index

I've reached out to support and was told:

You'll need to go through your custom theme and content to remove all occurrences of/indexandhttp://www.rainchainsdirect.com/index. To replace with:/

 

After going through every line of code twice and not finding any instances, I was told to try the community forums.  I was also told: All Ruby on Rails app (and Shopify is one) have a default "/index" page, which is omitted from URLs. I have never seen the word 'index' though show for RoR-served web pages indexed by search engines, though.


So here I am.  Can anyone tell me how to find/get rid of the URL with the "/index" extension?  And a re-direct does not work with this particular URL--something with the /index extension prevents it from working. 

Surely this mystery can be solved.  Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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I really wouldn't worry about it too much. This is quite a common issue with many websites and while not ideal really won't cause you many if any issues.  Google is pretty good and figuring out which is the right url to include in their index.

I've been doing SEO for 4+ years and building my first ecommerce store with Shopify. I'm not concerned about this with my own site however I am being careful to ensure all links in my template and blog posts will only point to the non index url.

While there doesn't seem to be a simple way around this on Shopify, here is what Matt Cutts from Google says about URL canonicalization of urls. http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-advice-url-canonicalization/

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